Wacom Bamboo Capture Pen and Touch Tablet (CTH470)
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- Edit digital photos, paint and draw with the natural feel of a pen on paper.
- Free downloadable creative software included: Photoshop Elements, AutoDesk Sketchbook Express and Nik Color Filters. To obtain the software, register the item with the included installation CD, which will take you to download.wacom.com.
- 4 ExpressKeys for quick shortcuts and a pressure sensitive pen.
- Active Area: 5.8 inch x 3.6 inch
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The hardware looks nicer than it does on the box (the box is darker and more muted than the product), but not quite the same coloration as is on Amazon's site or Wacom's site. In the online pictures it looks as if the buttons on the tablet are light grey/silverish, but they're definitively black in real life. The tablet's color online appears quite white, especially on the drawing surface, but it's grey. It looks like it'll blend in perfectly next to a Macbook Pro or Macbook Air. It's rather elegant.
The four buttons are interestingly not flat. Those little flavor indents in the picture are actual indents. Its a nice design touch, and actually kind of begs you to touch it more.
I was concerned about the newer "paperlike" feel that Wacom has updated all of its products to have, but it feels good. I actually liked the smooth plastic textureless gliding of my last tablet, and still might a little bit more, but I can already tell that this tablet's texture is entirely decent and I'll adapt to it rather painlessly.
It feels good on the fingers. Might not be as smooth as Apple's glasslike surfaces, but it's analogous to the trackpads Apple used before switching to glass.Read more ›
Bought this tablet after spending over 4 years with a Genius G-Pen that, although not the best out there, certainly wasn't the worst. Plus, it was about time to upgrade to a true tablet like Wacom, so I went and got this one.
First off, the build quality on this thing is simply superb. The tablet feels rugged and rough, and everything was solid and working right off the bat... sort of.
The tablet deserves a 5, it really does. But it sadly loses it on account of lack of instruction on setting it up properly so it worked, as well as lack of troubleshooting support on the matter. I followed the instructions: drivers first, connect tablet later. I tried to use it, but the strokes were slow and skipped: I started to draw lines at one point, but then the "dot" would appear someplace else like 3 seconds later.
So overall, I applied the solution typed below and now the tablet works wonders. It works PERFECTLY. :3
In the end, I VERY STRONGLY RECOMMEND this option. Besides, free programs like Photoshop Elements. How can you NOT go wrong?
I hope my solution helps you, as well as this review.
So I took to Google. After doing much googling, I found the solution. It's actually very simple. Steps below are for Windows 7 Home Edition, may slightly vary for other editions. Admin mode/run as administrator recommended:
1) Control Panel
2) Programs and Features
3) Turn Windows Features on or off
4) Look up Tablet PC Components, and remove the checkmark.
5) Choose OK, and restart the machine.
6) Once restarted, try the tablet again with fast strokes, especially on pressure-sensitive programs like SAI or Photoshop/Photoshop Elements.
Unfortunately, there's currently only the Bamboo line.
I think the hardware is pretty good. It's fairly solid and no-nonsense. My quibbles are minor ones: the USB cable is annoyingly stiff, and short enough that you must plug it into a keyboard or monitor port. The textured buttons on the pad are a goofy excess. For no good reason, the pen lacks Wacom's usual eraser.
The software is the biggest disappointment. This is ultimately good news, because it could be fixed with a driver update. Are you listening Wacom? Please?
Some issues involve missing features: you cannot create program-specific preferences. You have very limited customization options for the tablet and pen buttons. Poor implementation of dragging from the trackpad (there's no easy way to do it without using one of the buttons)
The bigger issues are bugs in the software. These include:
-Occasional pauses in responsiveness
-A bit of "momentum" to the cursor when in touch mode, that leads the cursor to overshoot when your finger stops
-Various kinds of erratic behavior (scrolling working in opposite ways in one program vs. another ... things that are not the case with a mouse or Apple trackpad.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This has been great! Easy to use, no problems...glad I bought this!Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
It functioned as it was supposed to, but it kind of hurt my hands to hold it (I have weak wrists) because it wasn't super balanced or easy to grip. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Alexander I
I love this thing! I'm a beginning illustrator so this was a good price point for me, and I'm very satisfied with the quality. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
I use this a lot for digital art as well as editing photos. I like it a lot! I experience random "your tablet driver isn't working" messages every now and then when I start... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ethel
It worked! (need to install driver from online, be warned. And my sister had a PC not a MAC)
It arrived on time!